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Edward | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Edward (1917-2002) is our grandfather; Hill Farmstead Brewery rests upon the land that was once home to him and his five children. In his honor, this American Pale Ale is dutifully crafted from American malted barley, a plethora of American hops, our ale yeast and water from Edward’s well. It is unfiltered, naturally carbonated, and dry hopped. Aromatic and flowery, with impressions of citrus and pine, this is the ale that I dream to have shared with Edward.

85 IBU

Pale and Caramel malt; Centennial, Chinook, Columbus, Simcoe, and Warrior hops; House Ale Yeast, and our Well Water.

Added by abriggs1 on 04-27-2010

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336
Ratings:
2,468
Avg:
4.4
pDev:
22.27%
 
 
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Photo of anteatr23
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy orange with a two finger head. Smells of citrus fruit with a slight yeast aroma. Taste is crisp and clean, light cracker-like malts. Easy bitterness that's not at all challenging. Great flavor with a dry finish. Overall an excellent pale ale from a brewery with an exceptional reputation for pale ales. This beer is what it's cracked up to be.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Sean for sharing this one. Served in a Heady Topper glass.

A - There's a finger-plus of soapy white foam that settles to a thin cap, leaving behind solid lacing. The body is a hazed peach-golden color with some transparency.

S - It's a hoppy pale ale! Pine and citrus zest, pale bready malt, and a bit of herbal aromatics as well.

T - Nice zesty grapefruit, some pine and floral notes. Medium residual bitterness that doesn't get out of hand. Thankfully doesn't have the yeasty character some other low-gravity hoppy beers have. Solid balance between hops and malt.

M - This is the weak point of this beer in my opinion, although perhaps it's better on-tap. Somewhat watery medium-light body, medium carbonation, smooth texture. Fairly refreshing, but could use a bit more heft to it.

D - Crushable! It's a very good hoppy pale ale. I don't like it quite as much as Daisy Cutter (or Parking Violation), but there'd be no shame in having this as your local pale. Would (will?) have again when I go to Vermont.

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Photo of drewba
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at The Farmhouse Tap & Grill in Burlington, VT

A - Murky pinkish orange with a finger of frothy white head and eventually light lacing. This looks like dark pink lemonade.

S - Huge lemon, grass, pine and floral hop action going on.

T - Buttery nut and cracker or white bread malt right away. This hop profile is beefy and complex; lots of lemon, mango and tangerine citrus which adds a little bitter and a little sweet. Unbelievable balance.

M - Medium body, medium to high carbonation.

D - Drinks very quickly because of the fantastic malt and hop balance in the flavor which ends in a fair amount of bitter. This is a ballsy pale ale, could easily be construed as an ipa thanks to the huge range of tasty hops.

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Photo of zoso1967
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Edward arrives at my table an ever so slightly hazy orange amber. It is dressed in a nonic pint glass with a wonderful frothy white head. The head has slightly above average retention, but leaves some of the prettiest lace I have ever seen, perfectly chronicling the volume of every sip on the side of the glass. The aroma is wonderfully fruity with a nice citrusy "C" hop vibe as well as some bright grassiness. I also catch a hint of bready malt in there. The taste is killer with plenty of citrusy grapefruit, lemon and pine hoppiness, as well as some more earthy and grassy notes. This is definitely a very hop forward APA, but it also has a very pleasantly bready, slightly caramel malt backbone that does its job well. It holds up firm bitterness and keeps this beer from being a tongue bruiser. This has to be the most enjoyable straight up pale ale that I have had in a very long time. The mouthfeel is pretty much perfection. Lighter side of medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation and an amazingly clean finish. This beer has great drinkability and I can very easily imagine throwing a few back with good friends. I am definitely looking forward to trying more of Hill Farmsteads offerings after enjoying this awesome brew.

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Photo of Brad007
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden color with a one-finger head into my glass. Looks gorgeous to my eyes.

The aroma is full of grassy, slightly floral hops with a hint of bready malt underneath.

Taste is crisp with grapefruit being the main citrus flavor that I can pick out from the hops. This is all about the hops but it doesn't go overboard either.

The grassiness/citrus tones of the hops coat the mouth. Finishes well. As stated, no harsh flavors of any type.

Very good! Nice to have another local brewery in which to sample and this is a great beer to start with from Hill Farmstead.

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Photo of Damian
4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 750 ml swing top growler purchased at the Hill Farmstead Brewery, Greensboro, VT
Served in a Hill Farmstead Brewery stemmed glass

The beer poured a super hazy, peachy-amber color with a small, bubbly, bright white head that quickly dissolved. Spotty drips of lacing stuck along the glass.

Super sweet and fragrant tropical fruit notes came through strong in the nose. Lots of mango and pineapple. Strong orange and clove notes as well. Somewhat floral and slightly grassy. Overall, remarkably interesting and complex.

The flavor profile was also quite hoppy, yet not as dynamic as the nose. Crisp, citrusy and slightly bitter. A sturdy, pale malt backbone kept the hops in check. Lots of grapefruit pith and orange rind. Super dry, piney and resiny on the finish. Bitter, yet not overly so.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied. Slick and smooth on the palate with a fine, moderate effervescence.

This is a pale ale? Really? The quantity of hops in this brew, and the overall complexity, would have me believe that this is an IPA (or even perhaps a double IPA). Impressive, to say the least.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to the Central PA group for this awesome growler. Shared with members of the NW Chicago tasting group.

A: pours a slightly hazy orange, thin white head with some retention

S: waves of aromatic hops on the front, lots of tropical fruit with features of Mangos, Tangerine, and grapefruit. Slight malty character noticeable in background.

T: awesome balance, hops aren't as fruity on the palate, but they provide a nice amount of bitterness to balance nicely with slightly bready malts.

MF: light body, medium to high carbonation

O: this is an awesome and drinkable APA. It features a nice presentation of tropical smelling hops. Worth a try!

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Photo of Kaiden29
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great pour, heavy nose.
Appearance looks like a double. Good head but disappears within minutes.
Taste -floral notes with Piney finish but as it sits the pine gets lost.
One would think it has a higher abv it is only 5.2
Overall great beer excited to try more from this brewery.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

We pop the top on our refillable Hill Farmstead 750mL bottle, pouring a brew of muted sunset orange into our Great Lakes pint glasses. It holds a two finger head of creamy, cakey, and massive off-white bubbles, showing nice retention, and leaving honeycomb lacing all around the glasses as it bubbles and crackles away. A chill haze cuts clarity, but no sediment is noted. Carbonation appears to be active. The aroma is beautifully sweet, with the hops taking you off your feet from the first whiff. Varietals give notes of sopping wet citric juiciness, sweet fruitiness, bright florals, and resiny slickness. The malts are pale crisp, and evenly sweet, with a light toast, and a soft powdery dryness to them. The water is hard, with mineral, mud, and stoned gravel. With warmth comes light booziness, white grape sweetness, biting lemon rind, grapefruit, and tangerine, green grassiness, and spice of sesame seed, black pepper, and mustard greens. Our first impression is that the beer is incredibly flavorful, with a surprising lack of sweetness that goes well with the bittered grain and well watered depth, making it uniquely refreshing. As we sip, the taste opens with floral, herbal, and syrupy grapefruit hoppiness, booze and black pepper, mineral water heaviness, tart lemon, flashes of honey sweetness, softness of oat and grittiness of pale malts, concrete dustiness, and nectarine sweetness. The middle comes to a peak with browned apple sweetness, continued earthy, lemony and grapefruity hops, enhanced bitterness of rind, sulfur bite, wet clay, more fusel boozy warmth, and echoes of soured plastics as we transition to the finish. Here we are given the final mixture of tangy green grapes, white florals, nectary and ever-so-brightly citric and syrupy hops, pale and powdery raw maltiness, bittered grit of grass and plant blub, light cherry fruitiness, and a final flash of white sugar and clover honey. The aftertaste breathes of authentic grapefruit flesh juiciness and bitterness, further airs of herbal hops, tangerine and apricot sugars, tannic herbal teas, mineral and clay, biting yeasty puck, and that pale malt mash. The body is light to medium, and carbonation is high, but inoffensive. Each sip gives hearty slurp, smack, cream, and froth, with the mouth left fully coated with foam. There is an interesting involuntary shutter of the mouth into a moderate puck, leaving things left feeling tartly tingly and astringently dried. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks very well.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the hop explosion on the nose, and the wonderfully interwoven realism of the farm’s well-water. As in some of their other hoppy beers, this plays an integral part in the aroma and the flavoring, giving a certain genuine brush to it, and making the grain and oily hoppiness that much more close, wholesome, and real. The hops through the flavoring, here, were insanely flavorful, juicy, and authentic, giving the illusion that one was literally sucking on a thin slice of dripping wet grapefruit. Again, this mixed with the exquisite base components, making for yet another memorable, thoughtful, and deliberate beer with true character.

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Photo of FFreak
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Pomodoro in downtown Burlington. Served in a tulip alongside a fantastic pasta dish. A fairly hazy light yellow-orange color with a soft finger of bubbles, which sticks around and leaves big lace on the glass. Aroma is not too distinct, but features some citrus and pine. Taste is very nice, a very fine example of pale ale. Mouth is just about perfect, medium-body, smooth, creamy, nicely carbed, super easy to drink. Overall, a great pale ale from Hill Farmstead.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured the color of grapefruit juice. Golden hazy and with a slight orange blush on it. Fat creamy head of white foam that lasted well and left lace. This beer smells floral and fruity. Lovely light citrus, pineapple and mango for intense sweetness. Earthy pine that is not heavy and does not stand out past the other scents. The malt on this nose is a light sweet perfume. So wonderful how all Hill's beer has this quality of lightness both in the nose and in the drink. I think if I had to summarize Hill's trademark as a brewer I would do it like this - He is trying to put the hops in the beer and leave them on the vine at the same time. He has a way with hops and in this beer they are so fruity and yet so light on the palate. That's his other trademark, the light malt that is so light it's like the beer wants to just float out of the glass. Crisp, light sweetness like a floral nectar, a bit of light sweet cracker that has exactly the perfect balance. The beer has a resonance rather than an aftertaste and it's light floral and fruitiness. As the beer warms some sweet grass and pine comes forward and this is just a lovely beer.

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Photo of mick303
4.4/5  rDev 0%

On tap at the brewery. Aromas of clean grapefruit, citrus, pine, white peach, full growing bitterness. Aromas of strong C-hops, with a really nice clean malt profile and bitterness. Delicious, mouthfeel is really full with a moderate carbonation. Very well balanced and a beer I will certainly look forward to having in the future.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.41/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a tulip glass.

A- Hazy light golden orange color with a 1f clean white head. Heavy lacing.

S- Big citrus hop nose.

T- Big citrus hop flavor, grapefruit. The pale and caramel malts shore it up.

M- Chewy. Good carbonation. Malt sweet and hop bite balance.

O- I love the 5.2% abv of this brew, so drinkable. 85 ibus are a lot for an APA, but the malts hold their own. Excellent.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.41/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 2L growler into an Alchemist nonic.

Appearance- Hazy orange with half finger of white head tha left some fine lacing.

Smell- Citrus and pine abound. Hops are earthy and citrusy. Very clean with nice malt nose.

Taste- Pine and bread. Very herbaceous hops. Malts are there, but not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel- Ample carbonation and crisp body. Easy drinking.

Overall- This is a great pale up there with Zombie Dust and Blue Lobsters Gold Claw.

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Photo of daudelin2000
4.41/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Edward was the first Hill Farmstead beer I ever had. Because it's so well crafted and is not overwhelmingly hoppy, it's a great beer to introduce people to craft beer.

It pours a light gold color with an off white head. Nice carbonation. Aroma is nice, but not in your face. Smells of citrus with some grassy and some pine in there as well. Taste is very smooth with great citrus pine hop character. Mouthfeel is medium. This is a solid brew. Not the type of brew that's going to knock your socks off or fatigue your palate. This is the type of pale ale you will go back to again and again.

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Photo of Neffbeer
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Blind Tiger:

A: Golden hay with a small white head, a bit of lacing.

S: TONS of citrus hops. Hits the nose in a crushing blast. It really smells amazing.

T: The flavor does not let down, a juicy tropical hop nugget coats the mouth. There is just a hint of toasty bread somewhere in there, but the hops dominate (in a good way). For such huge hop flavor, the bitterness is minimal.

M: Moderately carbonated, juicy velvet feel.

D: I could drink this as a daily brew. At 5.2% this is a beer that would be a regular go to if it was more available.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 4.6.13
Thanks NYCBuckeye

A - Pours a hazy light orange with a soapy off-white head with good retention.

S - Citrusy, mostly orange with some lemon, mango, pineapple.

T - Subtle orange and pineapple with a touch of grass.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - A nice citrusy-tropical pale, goes down so easy. Amazing beer.

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Photo of ElGallo
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From my tasting notes. On tap at The Black Door in Montpelier, VT. I'm surprised this is listed as a pale ale, because everything about this beer made it seem like a high-quality, unique American IPA. The floral nose is exceptional, with a two-finger head and lacing that lingers for quite some time. Taste is delicious and sesionable - good hoppy bite up front, though not as hop-forward as a West Coast IPA, but very smooth with a mild creamy aftertaste, likely aided by the residual lacing. I highly recommend this beer. I am very excited to try some more offerings from Hill Farmstead.

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Photo of alaimoa
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours with lots of carbonation bubbles but limited head and a lingering lacing.
Smells of faint citrus but lots of floral, the smell is outstanding
Taste has a bit of hops and citrus but not much bitterness
Mouthfeel has some rolling bubbles but not creamy, leaves a dry aftertaste

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In a tulip this beer was a hazy orange color. There was a medium-sized white head and an abundance of lace.

Very much citrus for aroma. Tinge of pine. Sweet malt.

What a taste! Grapefruit, tropical fruit, a bit of pine, some grassy hops. Bready.

A nice hoppy beer, but still somewhat restrained.

The first Hill Farmstead beer I've tried. Am looking forward to many more.

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Photo of weonfire
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden brown, full finger white head, light lacing, opaque haze

S - Juicy hops. Tropical/ grapefruit and carmel.

T - Tropical fruit hops, juicy, wheat, bread, piney finish

M - Frothy, fully body, carbonation is very good.

O - Not the super juicy tropical nose I have been accustomed with HF beers. It could be entirely possible I hold HF at higher level. Bc nose is very very good. Juicy hops do explode in mouth. Little more piney than expected from a pale ale. It does come close - buy ZD still holds the crown.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Straight up orange colored beer with a big off white head (even out of the growler). Aroma is like a floral bouquet with light citrus and pine. Malts hold up well. Nice delicate mix. Flavor is sweet and sharply citrus initially, twhen turns to spicy and herbal. A lot of deliciousness to take in. Texture is smooth but loaded with prickly carbonation, subtle dryness, and slight hop resin grittiness. This is a great beer to have a growler of. It's got a distinct Hill Farmstead taste to it. Very fresh, hoppy, herbal, and spicy. A very likable beer.

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Photo of zep9865
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed with Aasher 4/30. Poured into aecht schlenferla snifter. Pours a beautiful orange-copper with lacing foam head. This is one of the best looking pales ive ever seen. The color is so pure.

Smell is very floral, with only a hint at a caramel backbone. Citrus peel and hops galore.

Beer is well integrated with citrus and bitter hops. Everything (grapefruit, lemon and hops) are very well tied in together but not one of these elements stands out specifically.

This beer is as well-balanced as you can get. Carbonation, bitterness, floral notes and citrus mingle perfectly together.

I could session drink this beer all night and pause every couple minutes just to say damn this is a good beer.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a HF stemmed glass. Purchased 5 days ago at the brewery, best by today!

Pours a hazy, cloudy creamy orange body with a white frothy head that reduces quickly to leave some lacing and little retention.
Aromas of pine, flowers, ask me citrus, grapefruit shine though.
On the tongue huge floral notes stand out, light caramel, pine, and citrus on the follow through. Medium light body and medium carbonation, very easy drinker.

This pale ale is no doubt world class, smooth, and balanced: a great start to those who are looking to get into hoppy beers, as well as an excellent session beer for the seasoned craft beer drinkers.

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Photo of RobbDogg
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Worthy Burger. Despite living in neighboring NH, I've been waiting a long time for this. A cloudy pumpkin pour with a thick frothy head that died down quickly, but left excellent lacing throughout the glass. An almost smokey hoppiness on the nose. Big herbal fruity hop flavor; how did they pack all that in an Pale Ale? A strong bitter pop, especially late. The carbonation seems right on, and there is a creaminess to this one, a pleasure to drink. I often forgot I wasn't drinking an IPA because it left me wanting nothing more, like some APAs can. With the possible exception of Zombie Dust (boy would I love to test them side-by-side!) this is easily the best APA I've tasted.

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Edward from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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